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Sep 24, 2011

Source: The Times-Picayune

BGR honors St. Charles employees for their work

Saturday, September 24, 2011
By Matt Scallan
The Times-Picayune

Two longtime St. Charles Parish Finance Department employees won Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Bureau of Governmental Research on Thursday.

Senior Accountant J. Charles Oubre III and accountant Ellen Cancienne, were the first joint honorees of the award, which includes a $1,000 prize.

The two have a combined 59 years of experience in the department.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes sustained performance over a career in public service. Those nominated must have a minimum of 15 years on the job. This is the first joint award in this category by the BGR.

Grants specialist Carla A. Chiasson, was honored with one of four merit awards at the BGR’s Excellence in Government breakfast.

The Merit Award includes a $500 prize.

Oubre and Cancienne have both earned reputations as tireless workers and perfectionists.

“If you see one of their signatures on a document, you feel confident that everything was done properly,” a colleague was quoted as saying in the nomination.

As the highest-ranking non-appointed official in the department, Oubre, a senior accountant, has played a key role in preparing the parish’s budgets for 28 years.

“He tackles his work with a deep sense of commitment to the parish,” the nomination said.

Cancienne, an accountant who has worked for the parish for 31 years, “has established a reputation as a go-to person; a jack-of-all-trades who becomes more and more productive as the years pass, no matter the task before her,” the nomination read.

Chiasson, who has worked in the grants office since 2009, has helped the parish secure $32 million in grants.

“Once the grants are awarded, Ms. Chiasson watches them hawkishly, ensuring that all contractors comply with federal wage and labor rules. Her efforts have led the parish receiving clean audits for all grants for the past two years,” according to her nomination.

BGR is a private, non-profit, independent research organization that focuses on public policy-making in the Greater New Orleans area.

Sep 24, 2011

Source: The Times-Picayune

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